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Tribute to a Hero

Sgt. Michael T. Washington, I salute you.

I am so proud of you. Of all you stood for. Of all you lived for. Of all you died for.

Your nation owes you a debt of gratitude.

I attended the memorial service for this fallen marine today. He was killed in Afghanistan on June 14, 2008 in an IED explosion, with three of his brothers in arms from the Seventh Marine Regiment 2/7.

The reality of the war hero hit me in a way it hasn’t before; I’ve never been connected to a wartime death before. I know, I know, it’s not about me. But I hadn’t made the personal connection quite like this before. Michael’s mom was in my BSF discussion group all year, and we prayed for her son regularly all year. . . I can’t help but ask God, “Why? He was only 20. To let this happen, now? Why?”

A quote from Michael on February 1, 2007, Al Anbar Province, Iraq:

“I don’t want anything to happen to my boys though. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost one, or if he got hurt. The guys here are family. I’ve never had a brother before, but they’re the closest to one I got…they know everything about me, as I know everything about them. I would just as easily die for them. For me, there is no better feeling than that. I feel 100% safe with them. I have no worries about my life. When it’s my time, it’s my time.”

I’m redoubling my efforts to support these men and women and their families. I don’t know what that looks like right now, but . . . in Michael’s honor, I’m stepping it up.

At ease, Sergeant. Rest in peace. Wait in heaven, we’ll see you there when we go home to join you in God’s presence.

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Cards for Heroes

I’m excited I’ll be able to get boxes out this weekend to some of my contacts still waiting for Father’s Day cards….hooray! Thanks to all those who have mailed in cards this week!

This last photo is the cards from a cardmaking “Boot Camp” in Georgia last weekend:

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Email from Scapa

Okay so, I have been struggling this weekend with Old Red’s carcass. If I hold her by the top, she still dribbles out tape . . . I’ll be just coloring this week so she might not have to suffer the indignities any further . . . because I received this email from Scapa:

Hi Sandy,

Good news. I have entered a request for a new TD-1 gun to be sent to you.
The guys in AppSupport sent your request to me because I recently launched a marketing campaign promoting our TD-1 gun and T002 tape for scrapbooking and they knew I’d be able to take care of you.
Attached is the informational sheet I put together for those that scrapbook.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you,
Andrea L. Gross
Marketing Coordinator
WOOOOHOOOO! Thank you all for your prayers during my grief, your support has meant so very much!! BUY SCAPA! 🙂 Here’s the flyer they sent, click on it to make it larger and readable:
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Rest in peace, dear friend

I’m sorry . . . I hardly have words right now..

I am simply distraught.

I lost my best crafting friend tonight.

She’s been a friend for so long. Or at least it seems so. We met last spring, and have spent just about every day together since then. Every day. No matter the weather, no matter what day of the week. She was right there by my side. Working alongside me—she never refused a crafting date, even stayed up late when I was in a creative mood and needed company into the wee hours.

And oh, the talent she had. She could start with a loose idea and unite paper and embellisment together to create a work of art. I hardly know what I’ll do without her, I’m not sure I can even attempt to put card front to card any more.

But now, she’s gone.

The accident was tragic, but she was brave. Not a peep. Not a scream. Just the bang of impact, then . . . silence. I took a deep breath, and just stared at the carnage.

I hesitate to show the shocking photos here. It’s really graphic, I warn you now. If you’re squeeamish, please don’t scroll down any further. If you choose to look . . . be sure you’re sitting down. Might get the kleenex.



Yes, my ATG is broken.


**EDITED TO ADD: See the condolences from Scapa HERE**

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Cards For Heroes: Grand Opening!!

Those of you who have been visiting my little corner of the blogosphere have seen plenty of my cards for the troops . . . well thanks to the generosity of a friend on the Two Peas stamping board, I have the pleasure of announcing a brand new website for the project!

It’s been a while in formation, and I’ve kept it a secret from most folks except a select few. And now they don’t have to listen to me babble on about it because now it’s up and running, and they can go see it instead of listen to me about it! 😛 Take a look and let me know what you think—there are blogs over there, so you can post a comment there, or come back and post one here, or whatever, just let me know you’re looking! lol. Yes, a shameless plug for SURE!

Click on the logo! Come on, you can do it!

This weekend I’ll post some blog candy here to get everyone excited—so check in again!!!